God shows his favor in West Texas

Another Southern Baptists of Texas Convention Annual Meeting has concluded. We had the event earlier than usual because we went out west to the Panhandle. It was a tremendous experience. God truly showed his favor as we had wonderful music, preaching, testimonies of ministries and encouragement. The fellowship was sweet and the attendance remarkable. Thank you to all the messengers and guests who made it possible.

The SBTC staff did extraordinary work in preparation for the convention. A huge “thank you” from me for the efforts put forth to make the convention run smoothly. Much prayer was put into the meeting. A lot of sweat equity was expended. It was worth it. As your SBTC staff, we rejoice in the result. 

The SBTC is joining the North American Mission Board in the SEND Church Revitalization Conference on Nov. 14 at North Richland Hills Baptist Church. Johnny Hunt will bring a word from the Word. There will be other sessions to help your church learn how to reach your community. You don’t have to be a part of the SBTC to attend. See our website—sbtexas.com—for more information. Revitalization is a new word for old-time revival. Believers energized by the Holy Spirit will see God move in their midst. That is real revitalization. 

The SBTC staff will still be conducting vision trips, attending training conferences and helping the churches in these last few weeks of 2013. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays the staff will take some much-needed time off to be with family and friends. Thank you for the confidence you have given us by allowing us to minister to the churches in Texas and beyond. The Cooperative Program giving plan is the way we are Reaching Texas and Touching the World together. Please pray for the SBTC staff at your regular congregational prayer times. Remember, your staff is here to serve the churches and help them carry out the Great Commission. 

The 2014 Southern Baptists of Texas Convention is on the Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary campus in Fort Worth. Seminary President Paige Patterson and his staff are rolling out the red carpet for the messengers and guests. Put the dates on your calendar: Nov. 10-11, 2014. Thank you again for being a part of the SBTC. We are stronger, together!

Executive Director Emeritus
Jim Richards
Southern Baptists of Texas Convention
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